Fire at 300 Washington

As we are waking up in our own beds in our own homes this morning surrounded by the familiar: our furniture, possessions, photographs, the artifacts of our lives, the residents of 300 Washington are wondering if last night was all a terrible dream.

Or so GA imagines.

Because this morning they are clinging to all they have left- themselves and loved ones- from a cruel fire which claimed their homes and possessions.

But in tragedy, they are blessed to be alive.

GA woke up surrounded by the familiar, to this terrible news.

According to Patch, a source reported the fire started in the corner grocery on 3rd and Washington, at around 7 pm.  And spread to all 5 floors of the residential building.  Apparently all got out safely, though some were treated for minor smoke-related injuries. From Patch:
As of 11 p.m., the fire was under control but not yet out. The building—as well as surrounding buildings—would be put on fire watch through the night and Washington Street was blocked off between Second and Fourth Streets.

While officials said there was nobody left inside the building, they couldn't tell how many people were evacuated exactly.
We'll find out more about how the fire started in the coming days.

Da Horsey has some excellent photography and video coverage of this tragedy.

In the meantime, a fundraiser is being organized for victims at Room 84 (84 Washington Street)  on Friday, March 2nd from 7 - 10pm.

Please click HERE for details on Facebook.

Folks, live each day like it's your last.  Appreciate what you have and who you love.

Material things, not so important.  It may sound trite, but it could all be gone tomorrow.